|May-08-05|| ||woodenbishop: In 2003, GM Palatnik had a USCF rating of 2538, which is the highest in the state of Tennessee (the state he currently resides in). He has won the TN State Championship 6 times: 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999 (shared with Todd Andrews), 2000, and 2001.|
|Dec-16-05|| ||OneArmedScissor: This guy is very rude. I met him at the Memphis Chess Classic 2004. He was at a stand selling (attempting to at least) sell some of his books. Seeing as he had no one around the booth or anything, I went over to him. I looked at each book and asked him which he would recommend, etc. I then asked him a few questions about chess... just small talk. And after I asked my second question he says, "What is this? An interview? Are you going to buy the book or not?"|
|Dec-16-05|| ||PivotalAnorak: <OAS> Did you buy it ? ^^|
|Dec-16-05|| ||keypusher: Like Kieseritzsky and Von Bardleben, seems fated to be remembered for a loss.|
Kasparov vs Palatnik, 1978
|Dec-16-05|| ||OneArmedScissor: <PivotalAnorak>
Hell no. I asked for him to describe each book he was selling (basically, I was wanting him to sell me the product).
There was a book on the "Tarrasch System."- a book about his style of play, etc. I asked him what the book was about, etc.
Palatnik replies, "Well, Tarrasch was good. So I wrote a book about it."
What 'it' actually is has yet to be determined.
|Dec-16-05|| ||offramp: "Hey, Semon! Nice load of books you got here. Listen, man. I gotta tell ya... I'm a *bit* of a time-waster..."|
|Dec-16-05|| ||magerk2: He got rolled by a young expert this year at the Tennessee Open and withdrew after the second round.|
|Mar-26-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Semon Palatnik|
|Mar-26-06|| ||blingice: That reminds me of when I was in a magic store, and as I used to be a bit of a magic enthusiast, I knew a lot about tricks, etc.|
So, the clerk was showing my younger cousin all these different tricks, and I told my cousin how to do every single one. After about the 5th trick I solved, (one that is supposedly difficult to understand, as the clerk confidently handed me the apparatus to do the trick to inspect [and I consequently explained]) the clerk says, "Look, are you gonna buy anything or not?"
Of course I wouldn't, as the prices were double what you payed for them off of websites.
|Mar-26-07|| ||RChambers: I met Palatnik once a couple of years ago and he was very nice and personable. I could understand him getting angry at a schmuck trying for chess "small-talk." Everybody wants to feel special and have people sell them their products, but come on, you don't have to play twenty questions before you buy the chess book.|
|Sep-10-07|| ||chessamateur: He played in the DC Action Championship at the US Chess Center. Surprisingly he only tied for 3rd place with 4.5/6.|
|Aug-12-08|| ||OneArmedScissor: <RChambers> I can assure you I wasn't just some "schmuck" and I didn't play twenty questions.|
The only thing your post is indicative of is that you're a careless consumer. God forbid I want to know my $25 spent on the book is worth it as opposed to finding out the hard way.
I'm sorry I didn't know who Tarrasch was at the time. Apparently, inquiring about Tarrasch and how it relates to the man's book is too much to ask.
|Sep-23-08|| ||Whitehat1963: <OneArmedScissor> After such an exchange, I might have said something like, "Unfortunate first name." And walked away.|
|Feb-25-10|| ||whiteshark: <OAS> Would you like to help expanding his bio? :D|
|Mar-26-10|| ||wordfunph: <OneArmedScissor> nice story on Semon Palatnik...but i'm sad that you didn't buy his book "Tarrasch System"..|
you may be referring to his book "The Tarrasch Formula"..
happy birthday Semon Palatnik! more chess books to write..
|Mar-26-10|| ||theagenbiteofinwit: Sam doesn't live in Tennessee anymore. I think he moved to New Jersey.|
|Apr-16-12|| ||Everett: <I'm sorry I didn't know who Tarrasch was at the time. > reading this I wonder if Palatnik thought you were jerking him around. I mean, he is at a chess event where people who supposedly know something about the game have come to play or watch, so he may not have understood how someone there may not have know about Tarrasch.|
Also, not everyone is into <small talk>, though admittedly this is a bad trait for a salesperson.